Tennessee Tables Medical Marijuana Bill

Tennessee Tables Medical Marijuana Bill

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Medical marijuana in Tennessee will have to wait another year.

On March 21, 2017, Rep. Jeremy Faison, the sponsor of a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee, announced that he was tabling his bill and turning it over to a legislative task force led by House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally.

Speaking with The Tennessean, Faison revealed that his bill is not being tabled due to lack of support in the House, but rather because his colleagues in the Senate are afraid to move on the measure.

“The Senate, bless their heart, are just scared to death of their voters,” Faison said.

Faison went on to say that there is massive support for legalizing medical marijuana in Tennessee, citing a poll from Tennesseans for Conservative Action that showed 52% of conservatives support medical marijuana.

“Tennessee is there, my constituents are there, their constituents are there, I just have to get the Senate there,” Faison explained.

It is Faison’s hope that, through an additional year to study the issue, he will be better able to build his case and convince the Senate to act upon the issue.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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